Master of Science in Justice Studies

Master of Science in Justice Studies

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Further your knowledge of the law, criminology, and victimology with Campbellsville University’s online Master of Science in Justice Studies.

Find new opportunities in the field of criminal justice with a curriculum rooted in ethical, Christian teaching practices and an emphasis on social justice issues, taught by faculty members with practical field experience. Choose from tracks in either criminology or Leadership in Social Justice, so you can specialize your education to fit your career goals. At Campbellsville, you will learn the skills you need to advance your career within criminal justice and how to apply your knowledge of the law to the real world.

Courses Offered at:
  • All Locations
  • Louisville
  • Online

Master of Science in Justice Studies Degrees

M.S.J.S.

Course Offerings

Program is 36 hours with two academic tracks: Track I: Criminology (w/thesis component); Track II: Leadership in Social Justice.

Core Requirements: 15 hours
CJ 500 – Leadership in a Diverse Society (Credits: 3)
CJ 505 – Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Organizations (Credits:3)
CJ 525 – Social Stratification (Credits: 3)
CJ 544 – Introduction to Graduate Statistics (Credits: 3)
CJ 562 – Research Methods (Credits: 3)

Track (Choose Criminology or Leadership in Social Justice): 18 hours

Criminology Track
CJ 520 – Contemporary Issues in Criminology (Credits: 3)
CJ 530 – Advanced Criminological Theory (Credits: 3)
CJ 575 – Advanced Correctional Theory and Practice (Credits: 3)
CJ 600 – Thesis I (Credits: 3)
CJ 601 – Thesis II (Credits: 3)
CJ 635 – Law and Society
CJ 699 – Thesis Continuation (Credits: 3)

Leadership in Social Justice
CJ 518 – Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society (Credits: 3)
CJ 521 – Theories of Community and Social Change (Credits: 3)
CJ 542 – Race and Ethnic Relations (Credits: 3)
CJ 600 – Thesis I (Credits: 3)
CJ 601 – Thesis II (Credits: 3)
CJ 622 – Research Methods for Community Change (Credits: 3)
CJ 699 – Thesis Continuation (Credits: 3)

Elective Choice (Choose one course from below list):  3 Hours
BA 614 – Human Resources (Credits: 3)
BA 617 – Organizational Leadership (Credits: 3)
BA 620 – Finance Management (Credits: 3)
CJ 550 – Victimology (Credits: 3)
CJ 580 – Special Topics (Credits: 3)
CJ 585 – Serial Killers (Credits: 3)
CJ 605 – Introduction to Program Evaluation (Credits: 3)
CJ 620 – Seminar in Criminal Justice (Credits: 3)
CJ 625 – Policing and Immigration (Credits: 3)
CJ 630 – Crime Control and Environmental Design (Credits: 3)
SWK 615 – World Problems and Advocacy (Credits: 3)


Real-World Preparation

Through our online justice studies program, you will develop a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of criminal and social justice. There are a number of benefits students receive from the quality instruction Campbellsville University offers, including:

  • Online format and also hybrid at the Louisville Education Center
  • Tracks available in Criminology or Leadership in Social Justice
  • Competitive, affordable tuition
  • Instruction from faculty with real-world experience

How to Apply

The Campbellsville University admissions program is simple and straightforward. Follow these steps to begin your journey:

  1. Submit a completed application.
  2. Submit an official transcript (containing a complete record of all courses attempted) from each college or university attended.
  3. If GPA is lower than 2.75, GRE and/or interview may be required.
  4. Submit letter of intent indicating reason for applying and future goals.
  5. 2 letters of reference with one being an academic reference

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Careers in Justice Studies

  • Lawyer and Judge
  • Police Officer
  • Private Detective or Investigator
  • Agent in the CIA, FBI, ICE, Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Blood Spatter Analyst
  • Forensics Investigator
  • Correctional Officer
  • Probation Officer
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